Zero Waste Yukon Participates in Waste Reduction Week 2020

    Zero Waste Yukon is excited to see governments listening to the many voices in the Yukon who have advocated for real action to reduce our reliance on disposable items that are a risk to the environment.

    Zero Waste Yukon is proud to participate in Waste Reduction Week in Canada. This annual event runs from October 19th to 25th. It celebrates environmental efforts and achievements in communities across Canada, including the Yukon, while encouraging new innovative ideas and solutions.

    Waste Reduction Week is occurring at an exciting time for Yukon residents, following announcements from both the territorial and federal governments to ban various single-use disposable materials such as single-use plastic grocery bags. Zero Waste Yukon is excited to see governments listening to the many voices in the Yukon who have advocated for real action to reduce our reliance on disposable items that are a risk to the environment.

    Zero Waste Yukon will be featuring individuals and local businesses that are local leaders in waste reduction and sustainability.

    On Wednesday October 21, Zero Waste Yukon will be completing a free electronic waste pick-up in the Whitehorse area. Electronic Waste, or e-waste, includes computers and all associated peripherals, anything to do with home entertainment systems such as screens and audio equipment, kitchen countertop gadgets, and so on. A full list is available on the Raven Recycling website. Please note that white goods including large appliances such as fridges and stoves will not be accepted.

    To request an e-waste pick-up, residents must contact Zero Waste Yukon before Wednesday October 21st. Their website address is info@zerowasteyukon.ca. To ensure appropriate social distancing, e-waste must be placed outside residences prior to 9:30 AM.

    Scott Dudiak, Program Coordinator for Zero Waste Yukon said in a statement, “We’re hoping to help members of our community who may have transportation challenges in disposing their e-wastes by offering pick up right to their doors.”

    Repairing and recycling electronics is critical to conserving energy intensive resources which supports a circular economy, where materials are kept at their highest and best use as long as possible,” added Joy Snyder, Executive Director of the Raven Recycling Society.

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